The Nassau County Police department said Monday in a news release that 54-year-old Laura Russo was arrested on New Year’s Eve in Sea Cliff after police received information that she had injected a 17-year-old boy with a vaccine.
The police report states the 17-year-old boy visited Russo’s home and had what was believed to be a Covid vaccine administered to him. It is unclear where she got the vaccine from.
It was his mother who contacted the authorities after he told her he had received the vaccination.
The department said, “The mother had not given permission or authority to have her son injected with a Covid vaccine.”
Russo is not a medical professional, according to police, and is not permitted to provide vaccines.
At this time, she is being charged with Unauthorized Practice of a Profession under New York State Education Law.
Russo has been reassigned from the classroom pending investigation, according to the Nassau County School District.
The school district confirmed the allegations were unrelated to the school she worked at, however, noting that the incident did not happen on school property.
“The individual in question is a district employee who has been removed from the classroom and reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation,” the district said.
“There you go, at home vaccine”. Police have arrested a Long Island mother for illegally giving a 17 year old boy a shot of Covid vaccine in her home. And there’s video….Only on @NBCNewYork #nbc4ny pic.twitter.com/KpG5vAQaDT
— Pei-Sze Cheng (@PeiSzeCheng4NY) January 3, 2022